Losing touch with reality
> I have been dwelling on this issue for some time but delayed putting finger to keyboard as the lack of other comment has left me feeling like a grumpy old technophobe. However, emboldened by Ben Barry’s admittedly slightly throwaway gripes about the latest VW Golf GTI’s touchscreen infotainment system, I thought it time to give vent to my concerns about the number of functions now being handled by touchscreens and how dangerous this is.
Intuitively it has just seemed wrong to me, and experiencing Peugeot and Citroën hire cars in the past couple of years has amply confirmed my suspicions.
Current Porsches are commonly lambasted for the array of buttons festooning their dashboards but their tactility and soon-learned locations mean eyes-offthe-road time is far shorter than trying to stab at a screen. It is also more satisfying to press a button.
What a shame that even Porsche seems to be heading down the ‘hit it and hope’ route. Surely this is a backward step? Nick Georgiadis